Advertisement - Hide this advert





Author Topic: Damaged ACL advice please  (Read 766 times)

0 Members and 1 Guest are viewing this topic.

Offline david1972

  • MICROgeek (<20 posts)
  • *
  • Posts: 2
  • Liked: 0
Damaged ACL advice please
« on: January 18, 2008, 09:41:32 AM »
Help

Firstly, I would like to thank all at Knee guru for this wonderful website. I hope that viewers can offer me some advice.

In a nutshell, I injured my knee 5 years ago whilst playing Rugby, I was 29 at the time. I was pretty ignorant to it all, I stopped playing immediately. The pain over the next few days was the worst I have ever felt, especially at night. In time the knee healed well and I thought little more of it. Fast-forward 5 years, I have not played Rugby since although becoming a father (twice) was the reason for this and not the injury) I now still play cricket, not to any great standard but I enjoy it. I never really thought about the fact that I may have injured my ACL until, on the off chance, I spoke to someone who suggested that I may have done and I perhaps should get it looked at.

I went to see my GP and whilst she is not an Orthopedic specialist she is very knowledge on the subject and she checked my leg in the standard way (Laxman, etc) She told me that there was a lot of ďplayĒ in the knee and suggested that it was highly likely that I had indeed damaged my ACL, with a tear being more likely that a total rupture. She has referred me to a specialist recommending that I go for an MRI scan, hopefully within 15 or so weeks.

My concern at this juncture is the potential for Osteoarthritis. As I said, I play cricket and I would like to continue practicing in the build up to the 2008 season. With regards to the knee itself, it is certainly not painful, I feels a bit weaker that my other knee and I get a bit of discomfort of I do a single leg squat or kneel on it, apart from that its fine. I certainly donít have the more serious pain and collapsing that is described by other contributors to this site. I would like to know: -

Should I stop, I donít feel that I need to but could I unknowingly be doing untold irreversible damage to my knee meniscus, cartridge, etc by continuing to play, and have possibly been doing so for 5 years ?

As I said before, I only play low-level club cricket and Iím certainly not Andrew Flintoff. Is there any reason why I should give this up until after my MRI scan, bearing in mind that I am only getting minor discomfort rather than pain ?

I would greatly appreciate any comments, thanks in anticipation.
« Last Edit: January 18, 2008, 09:58:46 AM by david1972 »

Offline Silkncardcrafts

  • SuperKNEEgeek
  • *****
  • Posts: 3916
  • Liked: 6
Re: Damaged ACL advice please
« Reply #1 on: January 18, 2008, 10:41:03 AM »
Hi there,

It really worries me when a GP sends you straight to a knee specialist. There can often be other options.

I would have thought the first port of call would be to do a MRI scan before sending you to a knee specialist. It can be a waste of your time as well as the knee specialists' if it is not a ACL tear. GPs are often guessing and should not comment until they get the full picture.

My main suggestion would be to see a good sports physician/doctor first.

Good luck and let us know how you go.† :)



11/1996 - RK LR
07/1997 - LK LR
11/1998 - LK MPFL Reco
12/2005 - RK LR Repair
07/2006 - LK MPFL Repair
11/2006 - LK LR Repair
22/05/08 - LK Trochleoplasty
11/02/10 - RK Trochleoplasty
07/03/11 - RK Chrondroplasty

Offline david1972

  • MICROgeek (<20 posts)
  • *
  • Posts: 2
  • Liked: 0
Re: Damaged ACL advice please
« Reply #2 on: January 18, 2008, 11:00:37 AM »
Hi Kjwilkin

Thanks for your reply, too be fair to my GP, she is sending me for an MRI scan. The only reason that she is sending me to a specialist first is because she, as a GP can not refer me for the MRI, only the specialist can. I totally agree though, it may initially be a waste of the specialists time. I suspect that GPs' can not refer patients for a scan to stop them doing it "willy nilly" and inundating our already over-stretched NHS with scan requests.
« Last Edit: January 18, 2008, 11:06:47 AM by david1972 »

Offline Silkncardcrafts

  • SuperKNEEgeek
  • *****
  • Posts: 3916
  • Liked: 6
Re: Damaged ACL advice please
« Reply #3 on: January 18, 2008, 11:22:04 AM »
Hi David,

Fair enough. I would still be seeing a sports physician first to look at your conservative options.

There is a great clinic in London called Pure Sports Medicine. I was a patient there for a couple of years when I lived in London. I would recommend seeing a sports physician/doctor there first. The contact number is 0870 2000 878. The problem with seeing an orthpaedic surgeon first is that they recommend surgery first. If I was you I'd give conservative treatment a go first if you can.

Good luck & keep us updated !!!  :D
11/1996 - RK LR
07/1997 - LK LR
11/1998 - LK MPFL Reco
12/2005 - RK LR Repair
07/2006 - LK MPFL Repair
11/2006 - LK LR Repair
22/05/08 - LK Trochleoplasty
11/02/10 - RK Trochleoplasty
07/03/11 - RK Chrondroplasty















support